When a mysterious young woman named Katie appears in the small North Carolina town of Southport, her sudden arrival raises questions about her past. Beautiful yet self-effacing, Katie seems determined to avoid forming personal ties until a series of events draws her into two reluctant relationships: one with Alex, a widowed store owner with a kind heart and two young children; and another with her plainspoken single neighbor, Jo. Despite her reservations, Katie slowly begins to let down her guard, putting down roots in the close-knit community and becoming increasingly attached to Alex and his family.
But even as Katie begins to fall in love, she struggles with the dark secret that still haunts and terrifies her... a past that set her on a fearful, shattering journey across the country, to the sheltered oasis of Southport. With Jo's empathic and stubborn support, Katie eventually realizes that she must choose between a life of transient safety and one of riskier rewards... and that in the darkest hour, love is the only true safe haven.
©2010 Nicolas Sparks (P)2010 Hachette Audio
I loved this book! It held my attention all the way to the end. I would highly recommend it...and I'll be listening to it again!
WW2 and Holocaust junkie - as well as a big fan of the plain old good story. I love discovering new great books.
Yes, but only to friends who are die hard Sparks fans. Book is slow, lays out good details and such, but there is only like 2 chapters with any real drama/excitement in them.
The abusive husband was really interesting. How the author described him felt very real and accurate.
Katie. She is interesting and though provoking without being annoying
a book with two parts: the loooooooong intro and the excitement
Not a bad book. I will say I enjoyed it. Fluffy and light. Probably won't end up listening to it a second time though like the others.
When she found out she had a encounter with his dead wife .
The drunken husband . I just hated him and she did a wonderful job narrating him .
I listened to this book while I was sewing for 2 days . I was snowed in thank goodness I had this to listen to.
Say something about yourself!
Safe Haven is a run of the mill story about a woman escaping her dark past of spousal abuse. I've enjoyed some of Nicholas Sparks' work in the past, but calling this book cliched is like calling the Amazon a 'creek' .
I wish I'd been able to read my own review before I bought it.
An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.
After listening to this book, I realized that this author wrote "The Notebook" and "Message in a Bottle." If I had remembered that, I wouldn't have bought this book. This story is a romance, and filled with cliches. It didn't hold my interest much at all, although I was interested in how the main character escaped from her husband. So read this book if you like sappy romances with unreal characters. Otherwise, don't.
Only the middle was somewhat interesting, exploring the psychopathic detective husband. Beginning was pathetic and ending, well insulting. Will not read from this author again.
So I usually for a a bit 'heavier' plot but wanted something just for pure entertainment. I admit - I loved this book! I wanted to listen to it all the time - every short car ride, while cleaning house, and it definitely got me out the door for more walks with my iPod. Story hooks you right away and when I thought it was fairly predictable, it had a little twist at the end. Highly recommend if you want some wonderful brain candy.
This book was fantastic, until the last chapter, the end of the last chapter was not included in this audio book... This is why I only gave it two stars! I was so very disappointed!!!
I have read several of Nicholas Sparks novels, and loved this one as much as or more than his others. Someone told me they didn't like it because it was so different from his others. Why should an author fit into one cookie cutter style?
Safe Haven is still a love story, like all his others, but the characters have such depth and the conflict feels so real that you can't put it down until you are sure that all is well. As soon as I was finished I went back to the beginning to skip through to certain parts. That's when I know it's a really good and clever story.
Also, the narrator is very good and you truly feel the emotion pouring out of her.
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